The Glee star, who was found dead on January 30 after he reportedly hanged himself at an isolated spot in the Angeles National Forest, was trying to recover in therapy for his mental illness as his child porn sentencing neared, according to a pal.
"Mark was going through depression as the sentencing got closer," the source told Radar. "He was in therapy and doing okay, but he dove into bad depression again two weeks ago."
After his first suicide attempt in August when he slashed his wrists, Salling sought out therapy and had seemingly recovered.
"He tried to kill himself one time and recovered and his therapy was helping him," claims the pal. "At the time, that’s what he wanted, to kill himself, and he did it again until he got it."
But in his second attempt to end his life, Salling "had it planned out," says the source.
"He felt he had no way out." The informant reveals the shamed actor has tried to negotiate with lawyers but to no avail. "His sentence was going to be 4-7 years and he had to be listed as a sex offender for the rest of his life."
Whether the disgraced star would kill himself was always a looming question among his closest peers, however, Salling "never mentioned to friends he was going to try to hurt himself again," according to the insider. "His friends were looking out for him all the time."
As readers know, Salling recently pleaded guilty to child porn charges in December 2017 and was expected back in court March 7 for sentencing. But, on January 30, the LAPD received a missing person report on the Glee star. Six hours later — around 8:50 AM — police discovered his body.
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